The numbers don’t lie: you will probably require hearing aids eventually. A quarter of all people between 60 and 75, according to an NIDCD study, have hearing loss and for individuals over 75 this number increases to 50%. The best way to combat age-related loss of hearing is to wear a hearing aid, but how do you know which style is best for you? Hearing aids at one time had issues including susceptibility to water damage and unwanted background noise but modern hearing aids have resolved these sorts of issues. But there’s still a good deal you should know when deciding on a hearing aid to ensure that it works with your lifestyle.
Look Closely at Directionality
One essential feature you should pay attention to in a hearing aid is directionality, which is your hearing aid’s ability to focus on the specific noise around you (like a conversation) while keeping background noise to a minimum. One, if not both, of two types of directionality systems are working inside most hearing aids, they either focus on sound directly in front of you, or they focus on sound produced by different speakers and sometimes do both.
Can You Use it With Your Phone?
It’s become obvious, we’re addicted to our cellphone as a country. You most likely have some kind of cell phone, either a smartphone or an older style cell phone. And on the unlikely event that you don’t have any type of cell phone, you likely still have a land-line. So, when you’re trying out different hearing aids, you will want to see how they work with your phone. How does it sound? Are you capable of discerning voices plainly? Is it Comfortable? Are there any Bluetooth connectivity options available? These are all of the things you should consider when looking at new hearing aids.
Are You Inclined to Wear it?
As noted above, hearing aid technology has advanced tremendously over the past few years. One of those advances has been the size and shape of hearing aids, which are a lot smaller today. Nevertheless, there are always going to be some trade-offs. It is dependant on what your particular needs are. A smaller hearing aid is not as obvious and may fit better but a larger one might be more powerful. You can get a hearing aid that fits directly in your ear canal and is basically invisible, but it won’t have many of the functions available in larger hearing aids and will be prone to earwax clogs. On the other side of it, a behind the ear hearing aid is larger and might be more obvious, but often have more directionality functions and provide more choices for sound amplification.
Exposure to Particular Background Sounds
One of the most significant issues since hearing aid technology has been invented has been wind noise and the havoc it wreaks on users. It would have driven anybody insane to go outside on a breezy day and hear nothing but wind. If you’re an outdoors kind of person or you live in a windy area, you’ll want to control wind noises with your hearing aid decision so that conversations are free from that aggravating wind howl. Educate yourself about the many hearing aid choices available to you. Get in touch with us.